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Low phosphorus diet for dog with renal failure

September 10th, 2007, 05:04 PM
Lucy (13 yr old casserole dog) was diagnosed with renal failure. The Vet told me to put her on a low protein diet. After reading all that I could on this website and others, I disagree and would like to find a low phophorus diet instead.

I don't know if I am ready to make all of her food. Is there a readily available dry food that is good for an older dog with renal failure that I can mix with some homemade food? Lucy won't eat alot (she's only 16 lbs.) but her larger, but younger soulmate needs enough food to make it preparing it a challenge. If Lucy has "special" food Sophie thinks she should too.

I've read mumumum's post with Dr. Pitcairn's diet and would like to know if others have had sucess with their pups.

thanks ---- I really appreciate any feedback --- I know I'm not alone in dealing with Lucy's problem but I could use some help!:)

September 10th, 2007, 07:13 PM
I don't know a lot about renal failure in dogs, but I did find some interesting websites you might want to check out. The first one mentions green tripe as being an excellent low-phosphorus food. And of course cooked egg whites are a must. I've also linked to some sites that list the phosphorus content of various other human foods, if that helps you with the homemade aspect of your research.

As far as commercial pet foods, I'd recommend canned over dry if possible (higher water content, less processing). I know that in the feline world, there are websites out there that list the phosphorus content of just about every feline diet available but the only one I found for dogs is this one:

Has your vet mentioned anything about the use of phosphate binders? They would allow you to feed some better quality, higher protein foods that also tend to be high in phosphorus.

Good luck with Lucy and let us know how she does.

September 10th, 2007, 07:22 PM
I'm not sure if you came across this thread in your travels but it's worth a read: